Becoming more frugal

Can Clients Become More Frugal Over Time?

One of the hallmarks of a millionaire-next-door client is that they use their resources wisely. The “frugality chapter” of The Millionaire Next Door highlighted how frugality was part of the millionaire journey of small business owners, c-level millionaires, and others. If you’re familiar with the books, many continued those practices even after they passed the[…]

Fintentional®: DataPoints in Action

A well-designed financial plan can help clients achieve more than just financial goals. We talked with Michael Palazzolo, founder of Fintentional®, about how his firm helps clients achieve life goals in the context of financial planning. Michael is a former software engineer who started his transition to financial planning in 2007 and became a Certified[…]

On Using Assessments to Screen Prospects

While visiting Santa Cruz last year in August at the FPA Far West Roundup, I stepped into a surf shop on the wharf and saw a magic 8-ball for sale (I’m still not exactly certain what magic 8-balls and surfing have to do with each other). I hadn’t seen one of these things in quite some[…]

Costs and benefits of social media

Social Media: The Necessary Cost-Benefit Analysis

Much of the power and allure of social media for small and mid-size businesses is its simultaneously attractive qualities of cost (i.e., free without using ad features) and power in the opportunity to grab the attention of customers and fans. At DataPoints, for example, we typically use social media to share insights regarding the topics[…]

Beware the Inferential Leap From a Single Data Point

If you are trying to understand the complex underlying personal characteristics of your client, a potential employee, or even yourself, it goes without saying that you need a good tool (i.e., a good assessment) to measure these not-so-obvious personal features. This is the heart of psychometrics: the science of measuring individual differences (that is, our[…]